23 stranded UP mindanao students return to hometowns through inter-agency efforts

Twenty-three students of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao, who were stranded in the campus by the declaration of enhanced community quarantine, successfully returned to their respective hometowns starting Wednesday last week, May 6, following a tightly coordinated inter-agency operation. Ten more students are awaiting their turn.

A recent study by the Interdisciplinary Applied Modeling (IAM) laboratory of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao recommends that “the local government should consider extending the community quarantine” beyond the April 19 end date of the community quarantine in Davao City. The IAM lab is part of the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team – Bioinformatics and Modeling Group, which is mainly composed of mathematicians across the different UP campuses.

The UP community in each constituent university banded together to give donations and other forms of assistance for UP students who have been stranded in campus and off-campus housing by the enhanced community quarantine.

No task is too big nor too small in UP’s fight against COVID-19. This is the rallying spirit behind the various UP Bayanihan efforts that range from science and technology to humanitarian efforts, leading the way in social responsibility for its students and staff.

Two alumni bands of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao, Alagad in Oble and Early Morning, will hold a back-to-back reunion concert entitled “25 Songs for 25 Years” on 30 January 2020, 5PM, at the Atrium of the UP Mindanao Administration Building in Mintal, Davao City as an initial offering to usher in the 25th founding anniversary of the university in February. The concert is free and open to the public.

UP has partnered with academic institutions, government agencies, civil society organizations, and industry representatives in Mindanao to establish the Mindanao Genomics Consortium. The group aims to facilitate the conduct of omics research and collaborations that will enhance omics work in Mindanao.

Update on UP’s assistance to earthquake-hit communities in Mindanao

A team of engineers from the UP College of Engineering (UP-CoE) further assured the safety of people gravely affected by the recent Mindanao earthquakes by conducting structural assessment of vital buildings in North Cotabato Province and the hard-hit Municipality of Makilala.

The University of the Philippines is committed in sending its group of geology experts from the UP Resilience Institute today to conduct a needs assessment in light of the Mindanao earthquakes last October 29 and 31 with magnitudes 6.6 and 6.5, respectively. 

Experts from the UP Resilience Institute and UP Mindanao Earthquake Task Force have been sent to visit the hard-hit barangays of Makilala, Cotabato for geological assessment in light of the Mindanao earthquakes last October 29 and 31. This is in response to Acting Vice-Governor Shirlyn D. Macasarte-Villanueva’s request to UP for assistance on geological surveys, structural damage assessment, and psychosocial support for trauma victims.